„It is impossible for the state or society or an institution to be Christian. Since being Christian presupposes an act of faith, it is plainly impossible for an abstraction like the state.“

—  Jacques Ellul, libro Anarchy and Christianity

Origine: Anarchy and Christianity (1988), p. 28

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